Prior to certifying the results, Registrar of Voters conducted several post-election voting system tests and audits.
SANTA ANA, CA - December 2, 2022 – Registrar of Voters Bob Page today certified the official Orange County results of the November 8, 2022 California General Election.
Total voter turnout for the election was 54.7 percent. Of the 994,227 ballots cast by Orange County voters and counted, 83.5 percent cast a vote-by-mail ballot and 16.5 percent cast an in-person ballot at one of 181 Vote Centers throughout the county.
The legally required one percent manual tally of precincts examined and manually tallied 51,346 ballots from among 90 precincts chosen at random. The hand count results were then compared with the election results that were produced by the County’s voting system.
The number of precincts audited this election was more than the precincts (74) audited in the 2018 General Election. This increase can be attributed to the 2022 General Election having more contests (214) and unique ballot styles (543) than the contests (204) and ballot styles (385) during the 2018 General Election. A unique ballot style contains a specific set of contests for which voters in one or more precincts are eligible to vote.
While not legally required, a risk-limiting ballot comparison audit was also conducted. During the audit, ballots among 20 contests selected by the Registrar of Voters were examined and compared to the original cast vote record. These 1184 ballots were randomly selected using a state-approved audit software application to achieve a 95% confidence level that the election outcome was accurate.
Both audits confirmed that the results of the election were correct. Details on the audits can be found at ocvote.gov/rla
A post-election logic and accuracy testing of Orange County's voting system equipment and software was also conducted this week. Test ballots were fed through all ballot scanning devices used in the election, and all the votes on the test ballots were accurately counted.
Finally, the Registrar of Voters confirmed that the state-certified voting system software had not been modified during the election.
The Orange County Registrar of Voters produces detailed reports focusing on overall turnout, turnout by precinct, turnout by districts, turnout by cities, and more. These detailed reports can be found by visiting ocvote.gov/detailed-results
Quote by Registrar of Voters Bob Page
“I want to thank the more than 1,600 members of the Orange County community who joined our Registrar of Voters team for this election.” He continued, “Together we helped about 1 million voters in the county successfully exercise their right to vote in an accessible, fair, accurate, secure and transparent election.”